Saturday October 20 2:02 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Spotlight on Reviews

"Wait until Dark" is a Very Scary Play!

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**** Recommended **** Although it’s kind of an oldie, “Wait until Dark” is still one of the scariest plays I’ve ever seen, so I was looking forward to seeing the Dunes Summer Theatre production. I have to say, on my personal scale of scariness – ranging from not-at-all to ‘jump-out-of-your-seat’ – the DST production was pretty darn scary! The cast is terrific, the set looks authentic, and they played the scariest scene completely in the dark! 3 ½ Spotlights

Music Theater Works stages Fabulous "Anything Goes"


**** Highly Recommended **** I’m so happy I went to see Music Theater Works’ new production of “Anything Goes”, it had me smiling from the very first number, “I Get a Kick Out of You”. Call me old-fashioned, but I love those old Broadway musicals with silly stories, catchy tunes and clever lyrics, the kind Cole Porter wrote. Obviously that means that one of my all-time favorites has to be “Anything Goes”, with its silly story with a ‘happily ever after’ and all those wonderful Cole Porter tunes. 4 BIG Spotlights

Mark Toland "Mind Reader" is an Awesome Show!


**** Highly Recommended **** I was absolutely Gobsmacked! Mark Toland “Mind Reader” is amazing. I have absolutely no idea how he did the things he did. I can guarantee you’ll be asking “How did he do that?” Hurry and order your tickets, you don’t want to miss “Mind Reader”! 4 BIG Spotlights

You'll love the Fabulous “Rick Stone the Blues Man” at Black Ensemble Theater!


My apologies to Black Ensemble Theater. Since I thought this review had been posted, I moved on to other things. As I was posting another story, I noticed my error.

**** Recommended **** For all the blues aficionados out there, “Rick Stone the Blues Man” is the show for you! For this show, Black Ensemble Theatre has assembled an amazing cast of blues singers, led by Rick Stone himself. Since it is a review, in fact, almost a concert, I thought was really cool is that everyone in the cast sings in his/her own name. My toes were tapping from the very first song. 4 Spotlights

Stacy Keach is Amazing in "Pamplona"


**** Recommended **** You’ll remember that last year, on opening night for “Pamplona”, Stacy Keach became ill and lost his focus, but struggled valiantly to continue until Director Robert Falls finally called a halt. Move forward a year, the Goodman is advertising the return of “Pamplona”; and I happened to see Keach on “Windy City Live” talking about his bypass surgery and recovery. I was looking forward to a superb performance in “Pamplona”, but I have to admit I wondered if he’d be up to it. He was. In fact, he was amazing! 4 Spotlights

"Support Group for Men" was Laugh-Out-Loud Funny


**** Recommended **** Goodman Theatre’s production of “Support Group for Men” was laugh-out-loud funny. Ellen Fairey’s brilliant comedy featured four clueless guys trying to figure out why their lives are so messed up. Being guys, they have to hide their need for answers behind silly rituals. 3 ½ Spotlights

"F*cking Men" - Review by Jeffrey Leibham


***RECOMMENDED*** Pride Films and Plays' new late-night offering, with the arresting title of "F*cking Men," is not some man-hater's statement of heated disgust towards the entire male species. Instead, it is a cleverly constructed look at 10 individuals and the sexual encounters that link them together. Based on Arthur Schnitzler's ground-breaking 1897 play "La Ronde" (which has, in itself, been adapted into many other dramatic forms over the past century including numerous films, other plays and even a musical), playwright Joe DiPietro has focused his version on men who seek the connection of physical intimacy with other men. 3 SPOTLIGHTS

Three Alisons shine in Towle Theater's "Fun Home"


**** Recommended **** I really enjoyed the Towle Theater’s production of “Fun Home”, based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir of the same name. It works well on the smaller stage, making the story more intimate. I wish that young Alison’s voice wasn’t drowned out by the music, but otherwise it was very well done. 3 ½ Spotlights